Wallkill 2

New Paltz has lots of interesting restaurants. The Inkeeper at the lovely Moondance Ridge Bed and Breakfast recommended her favorite, La Tavola. Dinner last night was delicious. I had a very different ravioli. House made pasta with goat cheese, charred fresh corn and blueberries. Sounds like a strange flavor combination but it was crazy good. Gary ordered bolognaise. If bolognaise is on the menu, guaranteed–Gary will order it. 

So riding the Northern section of the Wallkill Rail Trail was quite different. After a bountiful breakfast at our B and B, we got an early start, hot and humid again. Where is Fall?

An old bridge with new benches over the Wallkill River. 

I spotted this huge, stone structure from the Trail. Of course we investigated. Clearly some type of furnace but where are the signs to tell me all about this? After riding on,  we found the start of the Lime Kiln hiking trail in the Mohunk Preserve, with a sign explaining the area’s historic limestone mines and kilns were used over a century ago to produce natural cement.

The Wallkill Trail’s star attraction is the 940 foot Rosendale Trestle, 150 feet above Roundout Creek. It was originally built by the railroad in 1872 but has been restored with new steel and recycled composit decking after $1.5 million dollars was raised by Trail supporters. It was opened for public use in June, 2013.

The view is just awesome!

After the Trestle, caves are accessible from the Trail. I’m not going down in there– but the blast of cool air welling up is pretty amazing. We turned around and rode back to our car in record time. Next up, drive to Mt. Graylock in Massachusetts for some hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 

You can drive your car right up to the very top of the highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Graylock. You can even get a quick sandwich in the historic Bascom Lodge. 

Unfortunately you can’t go into the War Monument because it’s being renovated. But Gary and I have just enough time for a quick hike around the summit. 

Hiking down 1 mile on the Appalachian Trail and using the Overlook Trail, we can loop back to the parking lot. Wow. 2 and a half miles doesn’t sound like very much but it is really  steep, rocky and unbelievably hot. My hair is dripping wth sweat. Seriously, where is Fall? 

Bike Trail  15 miles 

Hiking       2.5 miles

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  1. This looks like another fine day. How much longer are you there? We are heading to ME right now. Pretty day for a long drive.

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